In a bid to break the deadlock over the Cauvery waters dispute, the Supreme Court requested Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao, on December 28, 1995, to resolve the dispute immediately. The Tamil Nadu government had pleaded that if Karnataka did not release the required amount of water immediately, it would lead to -the destruction of 25 lakh tonnes of paddy. Karnataka had been asked on January 1, to release six thousand metric cubic feet of water immediately. It filed a caveat in the apex court on January 2, anticipating that Tamil Nadu would move the court seeking immediate implementation of the directive.
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